Holiday Hibernation – of sorts

Master Michael:

The holidays have been, for us, a time of hibernating and nesting. We usually slow down a great deal in our travels and going out – family time and my bear-like habit to go to ground keep us pretty quiet.

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That has been different this year, with our title-holding responsibilities. After Leather Reign in early November, we presented at the MAsT: Buffalo Grove meeting on Ms, Health/Disabilities. Then, a break! Slave angie and  I went away for two weekends to a get-away, with the family Thanksgiving celebration in between.

The get-aways give us a few moments to focus on just each other. It’s hard to get that focus, for us, when we’re on a plane, or at a conference or event. That’s not to say we don’t have fun or wonderful moments, but those quiet moments where we can just focus on each other without distraction, where we can have opportunities to live and breathe, those have come few and far between in the past year. So, when we get the chance to have those quiet moments, we take them gladly!

This past weekend had us putting up the Christmas tree and preparing for a weekend full of holiday preparation and celebration.  Angie has a family tradition where the women of the family gather to exchange hand-made ornaments and home-made cookies. Somehow, I manage to get recruited to help with the making… but I really don’t mind. I end up having fun helping.

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Our leather club, Chicago Leather Club, had their annual holiday party/Annual General meeting this same weekend. Mother Nature decided to sock the Chicago area with an early snow fall, so it ended up being a small, intimate gathering. Food, drink and good company. It had been awhile since I had a chance to just sit and be with friends, so this was a very welcome evening. The drive home was pretty frightful, though.

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We’ll be in Louisville this coming weekend, to celebrate our 8th anniversary as a married couple, and to teach at a gathering at Master Steven/slave kim’s home. We’ll be teaching Ms and Disabilities/Illnesses again. I’m glad to see there is a growing interest in the topic, although consider that none of us are getting any younger, I’m not surprised. The stigma behind the topic seems to be lessening some. That’s a good thing.

The celebration, though, will take place earlier as we go on a tour of the Maker’s Mark distillery. It’ll be decorated for the holidays, I’m sure it will be wonderful.

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Master Michael S

International Master 2014. Member of: Chicago Leather Club, Chicago Leathermen Group, MAsT: Greater Chicago. Longtime leatherman. One of the Four Horsemen.

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